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Adventure Island (ABC 1967-1972, Ernie Bourne, Liz Harris)

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Adventure Island was an entertainment shown weekday afternoons detailing the exploits of a group of characters on the island of the title, the village they lived in was called Diddley-Dum-Diddley.

The five episodes each week followed one serialised story, which always resolved in the Friday episode.

Characters included Liza, Clown, Flower Potts, Percy Panda, Dodo Panda and Betty Bruin. The baddies included Miser Meanie, Sir Cedric Sneak, Fester Fumble, Squire Squeezum, Giggles Goblin and Captain Crook. Nancy Cato ansd then Sue Donovan acted as the show’s narrators.

When the show finished Questions were asked in parliament, although whether this was down to it’s sheer popularity or for any notional educational value the show may have had we can’t be certain.

Prior to this show in the mid 1960′s Nancy Cato and John-Michael Howson had been heavily involved in the similar Magic Circle Club, 555 episodes of that show were produced at ATV-O’s Melbourne studios between February 1965 and March 1967 and the show won the first logie award ever given to a children’s program.Characters on that show included, Fredd Bear, Leonardo de FunBird and Cassius Cuckoo.

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Rare colour footage from 1972.

Adventure Island won a TV Week special logie in 1968 and the show was taped at the ABC’s Melbourne studios every Sunday and Monday several weeks ahead of broadcast.

production details
ABC | 1175 x30 minute episodes | 1967-72 First episode aired: September 11, 1967

Creators: John-Michael Howson, Godfrey Philipp

key cast members includes
Colin McEwan
Ernie Bourne as Fester Fumble
Liz Harris as Liza
John Michael Howson as Clown
Jim Smillie
Jack Manuel as Percy Panda
Mary Hardy as Wanda Wise

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Above The Law (Channel 10 2000, Nicholas Bishop, Scott Burgess)

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Crime drama series Above The Law detailed life for the residents of an apartment complex which features a police station on the ground floor.

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NICHOLAS BISHOP as Matt Bridges
SCOTT BURGESS as Bill Peterson
KIRSTY WRIGHT as Belinda Clark
MEME THORNE as Sunny Rodriguez
BRIDIE CARTER as Senior Constable Debbie Curtis
ALYSSA JANE COOK as Olivia Murray
TEO GILBERT as Skeez
JOLYON JAMES as Constable Stavros

crew details
Creators: Tony Morphett, Inga Hunter
Script Editor: Christine Milligan
Producers: Hal McElroy, Rocky Bester
Executive Producers: Hal McElroy, Di McElroy

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 10 – Columbia Tristar
Duration: x50 minute episodes
Aired From: 2000

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Murcheson Creek (Channel 9 1976, Mark Edwards, Rowena Wallace)

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In one off thriller Murcheson Creek Andrew Murcheson returns to his home town to take over his father’s medical practice (the town being named Murcheson Creek in honour of his family.) He begins an affair with an old flame Karen Fields and also finds himself stirring up secrets that should have stayed buried after trying to settle his father’s accounts.

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Mark Edwards as Dr Andrew Murcheson
Rowena Wallace as Karen Fields
Abigail as Donna Lewis
Sandra Lee Paterson as Dr Myfanwy Mckenna
Gordon Mcdougall
Lew Luton
Philippa Baker
Dennis Miller
Anne-Louise Lambert
John Orcsik

crew details
Director: Terry Bourke
Writer: Robert Caswell
Producer: Ross Hawthorn
Executive Producer: Bill Harmon

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 9 – Cash Harmon
Duration: 1×90 minute episode
Aired From: 1976

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Australian Gangster (Channel 7 2018)

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Channel 7

Australian Gangster is a crime drama that will have a distinctly modern vibe. No real plot details have been released as yet but it’s being talked of a grand tale of crime in Western Sydney where glitz and glamour vie with drugs and laundered money. The behind the scenes crew have impressive pedigrees – it’s been written by Gregor Jordan (of Two Hands fame) and Romper Stomper author Malcolm Knox.

Producer John Edwards said “Just as Two Hands was an oblique take on a familiar form a generation ago, Australian Gangster will be a genre-bending crime drama series – confronting, affronting, touching and often laugh-out-loud crazy.”

Filming will begin early next year in and around Sydney.

crew details
Writer: Gregor Jordan, Malcolm Knox
Producers: Dan Edwards, John Edwards
Director: Daina Reed

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 7 – Roadshow Rough Diamond – Screen Australia – Create NSW – Red Arrow International
Duration: Not sure as yet
Aired From: In production

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